As director/creator Rian Johnson explains, the film is supposed to be called *just* Glass Onion. And now, the director has spoken to The Atlantic on why he didn't want the sequel to include Knives Out in the title.
Why Didn’t Rian Johnson Want Knives Out Included in Glass Onion Title?
As Johnson revealed the 2019 movie, Knives Out, is a standalone story that is completely different from the 2022 Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Apart from Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig) returning to reprise his role in Glass Onion, the two movies do not share any other similarities. In fact, there is no indication that Glass Onion takes place in the same universe as Knives Out.
"I've tried hard to make them self-contained. Honestly, I'm pissed off that we have A Knives Out Mystery in the title. I want it to just be called Glass Onion."
Why Was A Knives Out Mystery Added to the Title?
So why did Glass Onion have the added A Knives Out Mystery in its title? The director shares:
"I get it, and I want everyone who liked the first movie to know this is next in the series, but also, the whole appeal to me is it's a new novel off the shelf every time. But there's a gravity of a thousand suns toward serialized storytelling."
Will There Be a Knives Out 3?
Yes, a third Knives Out movie is currently in the works.
When Netflix bought the rights to the franchise in a $400 million deal in 2021, it included a third film. But as of this writing, the third installment is in its very early stages.
And just like Glass Onion, it's likely that the only cast member who'll return is Daniel Craig for another run of the eccentric detective.
We'll update this post once we get more information on the third Knives Out movie.